After complaining to a friend that my start up time was getting a little too lengthy, he told me a quick little fix to clear up what Windows goes through when it starts up.
To quick your start time follow this process:
Click on Start —> Run.
In the field type “msconfig”. A dialog box will pop up and one of the tabs is “Start up”. Here you can uncheck and remove programs that run automatically when windows starts.
This is great for things like “iPod Helper” which automatically runs when you install iTunes.